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Del Mar Fairgrounds Flooded for Brief Period; Some Flights Suspended in Southern California


Oceanside, CA – The fourth major storm to drench Southern California brought high winds, low visibility and enough water to flood roads and parking lots on January 21, but the region’s stalwart convention centers remained fully functional with few glitches other than soggy guests.

Parking lots surrounding the exhibition halls at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in San Diego were flooded briefly this morning, but spokeswoman Linda Zweig said the water was dispersed before noon. “The antique show is open, the Cat Fanciers Association will be here tomorrow and the Derby Dolls are coming Saturday,” Zweig said.

In Costa Mesa, where even the giant South Coast Plaza shopping complex experienced flooding earlier this week, the Orange County Fairgrounds had no events scheduled aside from the weekly farmers’ market that was cancelled today. A number of local meetings and events were cancelled or postponed in Long Beach; none were at the convention center.

All Southland airports experienced delays and cancellations attributed to high winds. Southwest Airlines temporarily suspended all flights from San Diego International Airport and Orange County’s John Wayne Airport. Flights to Las Vegas and San Francisco were delayed throughout the region. Flights were expected to resume regular operation by this evening.

Reach Linda Zweig at (858) 792-4262 or